Look Up

Yesterday I went for a hike with a friend.   She wanted to hike in a particular place  because there is an eagle’s nest in the heavily wooded park we go to on work nights.    I had hiked here quite a few times and had not seen the eagle’s nest.   Or the eagles for that matter.

We hiked in the short distance and as we entered the clearing….she pointed up.   There, on the other side of the clearing was the eagle’s next.  A massive nest.   And above it, perched ever so regally, was an eagle.

We walked about midway in to the clearing and sat on the ground.

And spent the next twenty minutes or so looking up.

When was the last time you spent twenty minutes looking up.

To the sky.

To the stars or the clouds.

To the tree tops.

To an eagle’s nest.

Years ago my grandmother made every effort to get me to look up.   She sat perched in her chair by the kitchen window.  Looking out from her perch above the path we all walked to go home from school.   “Up” their driveway, through their backyard, in to our back yard, passing between the garage and the fence that surrounded our pool.   Up the back steps and in to the house.   Passing under her gaze she would startle me with a “look up Colleen!  Stop looking down!  Look up at the sun!”   I would lift my head and dutifully look up, until I forgot, and didn’t pay attention to where I was looking.   It was a repeated cycle.   I get her message loud and clear now.   Much better than I did then.

It was only twenty minutes out of a 24 hour long day.

But it was quite possibly the part of the day that made me a little bit better for having spent it well.

Eagle and Her Nest

43 thoughts on “Look Up

  1. Why that must have been quite thrilling, Colleen. I have seen an eagle up in a nest, and we stopped our hole of golf and looked and admired the natural regal beauty. Yay for you looking up!

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  2. You did spend it well, Chatter Master. You were so fortunate to have looked up this time and pondered. You have seen something that I likely never will being in the SW. Would you know if it was our national bird?

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    • It was indeed. 🙂 Apparently there are quite a few eagles in Ohio now. Not a lot, but more than there was. 🙂 Very lucky indeed to have seen this. I wish we could have seen her/him in flight. Maybe one day!

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  3. Thatbis awesome! Sorry if I overuse the words…but dang! To be that close to a bald eagle, the majesty, the beauty…could not fathom. That is a great day indeed. And, as you are crafty, a great message as well. Thanks for that as well, a good reminder. 🙂

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  4. And sorry for the typo…sigh, the never ending battle with my fingers and the phone. I meant to say: That is awesome! Not that an ibis would join together two such words as is and awesome…it might, but not in my recollection of ancient mythology as of yet. Stills, ibis are cool too but not the national bird in your country kind of awesome (maybe should have hyphenated that? Disgrace to English majors am I). And done rambling.

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    • Hi Aussa (I feel like I’m waving a little over eagerly here!) 😉

      I will say just sitting there and looking for those moments really had a calming effect on me. Thanks to my friend for taking me to a wonderful moment in the day.

      Weekly challenge….oh my. I would have to think about that one! 🙂 But thank YOU for encouraging me to.

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  5. There is so much beauty to be seen above us. I often look up at the night sky, the trees waving in the wind and the birds as they sing. There’s always something fascinating going on up there. Good for you for spending your time so well.

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    • Thank you Me Who Am I. As a friend was leaving tonight I stood on our front porch and looked at the stars. I was amazed. I’ve lived here almost four years. I don’t ever remember looking at the stars from here. Made me sad. Then happy that I took a moment to do so tonight.

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  6. Cool! I’m glad you got to see such a magnificent sight.

    You may have taken deeper to heart your grandma’s teaching than you think: You’re even looking up in your banner photo.

    Russ

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  7. I almost feel I was there, transported by your description, Colleen, what a great sight to see… I always look upwards, In town, for below the modern shops are everywhere, but by looking upwards you see the old architecture, built when money seemed no object, and not the concrete bocks, such bland things, used today… Marvellous little towers, all sorts of designs, thankfully preserved, ,, but nature’s always best, a heart stopper, and looking 20 minutes would pass so quickly.. xPenx

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    • When you said that about the architecture I immediately flashed to my trips to Ireland. There, I was always looking out and up. So very much to see. And so very happy to be seeing it. Maybe I need to feel like that here as well.

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  8. Colleen, I will keep this in mind, because I know it has been a long long time since I sat and looked up. I know the view would be better than looking at my toes if i could see them over my belly. — take care, Bill

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  9. Wow, that must have been an amazing experience, Colleen! I would LOVE to see an eagle’s nest. What a great lesson in our need to look up and keep our eyes open. Wonderful metaphor, my friend!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  10. What an adventure … an eagles nest – I don’t think I have ever seen an eagle in real life.
    I love your afford to get an image on it *laughing …
    Colleen, I have really hard to believe that you don’t look up … I know how much you love the nature, the sun and sky ….

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